Friday, November 8, 2019

UB Law Symposium: "400 Years: Slavery and the Criminal Justice System"

Next week (Nov. 15/16) the University of Baltimore School of Law will host a two-day symposium "examining the impact of slavery on the U.S. criminal justice system." From the law school's website:
Organized by the student-run Law Review, “400 Years: Slavery and the Criminal Justice System” marks the 400th anniversary of the first slave ships arriving on American shores, and uses the history of American enslavement as a lens through which to discuss slavery’s evolution and its effects on our criminal justice system.
Panels will explore such topics as the impact of slavery on our current legal system, criminal justice policies that adversely affect African Americans, the school-to-prison pipeline, and mass incarceration.
There will be two keynote speakers on Nov. 15. The first is noted historian Paul Finkelman, Ph.D., president of Gratz College and the author of some 50 books, including Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court (Harvard University Press, 2018). The second keynote speaker will be Roy Austin, former deputy assistant to President Obama for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and opportunity, where he led policy efforts concerning criminal justice reform, civil rights and human services.
Read on here.

Hat tip: Legal Scholarship Blog 

-- Karen Tani